Update: The Senate voted yes on cloture. What this means is now the bill can come up for a vote to pass it with a simple majority.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is now online.
The amended Senate version, February 7, 2009 is here (click this) (large pdf).
To find out the latest, well frankly watch the Senate Floor Proceedings and also go to The Library of Congress links.
Huffington Post is hosting a what's in the bill citizen legislative text watchdog volunteer tell us what you found effort.
The Buy American provisions are on page 414, line 12. This covers Steel, Iron and probably the most important provision, use of American made manufactured goods.
A minor change to make financial institutions using TARP funds to be categorized as H-1B dependent employers is in this bill.
There are no provisions in the current bill to stop these government expenditures from going offshore, using guest workers or illegal labor. In other words putting the condition on use of U.S. taxpayer funds to hire U.S. workers. This would be in the services and construction areas, where most of the research, I.T. and smart grid, construction stimulative jobs would be created.
For further background here are previous posts:
42% of the bill is now tax cuts.
An insightful critique by economist and now pundit Paul Krugman shows the CBO GDP deficit estimates and how this bill will not plug up those GDP contraction numbers nearly enough.
(note, Krugman seems to ignore completely the global arbitrage and offshore issues that are a major issue to most of America...are U.S. taxpayers propping up other national economies?)
It's a huge bill and one of the problems with these rushed large pieces of legislation are so often, after they have passed does the public discover some horrific provision or clause that no one in their right mind would support.